30 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

30 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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30 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Yabiji. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 20th (Sun), head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima road trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

2
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach and then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip site .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
night
Takachiho-cho, Japan

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho route maker tool .

Fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in October; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Visiting Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho journey builder website .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Shop till you drop at Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. Visit Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 31st (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then wander the streets of Gokayama, then make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Natadera Temple
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Daimonzaka, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho travel planning tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Chion-in Temple and Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Bukchon Hanok Village. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine, wander the streets of Insadong, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in November, expect Seoul to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Visit Hyeopjae Beach and Hamdeok Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Bijarim Forest and Halla Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Yakchunsa Temple, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, & more). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Udo, view the masterpieces at The Islander, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and explore the fascinating underground world of Hallim Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Udo ©
Udo
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

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